12-Week-old pup a big challenge

by Nina
(Western Australia)

Hello, I have a 12 week old miniature schnauzer. I am finding her a big challenge. She does not seem very affectionate....she follows me and wags her tail if she hasnt seen me for awhile...but she is a big biter....she wants to bite me in play all the time...or when she doesnt want me to put on her harness, or to groom her. She doesnt seem to like being patted much. Is this normal behaviour? The other two dogs I had were not like this at all as puppies..they were cross breeds. I hope things improve as sometimes I wonder if I made a mistake getting her.....I do all I can to bond with her and she is very well looked after....thank you for any tips. Nina and Lottie

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Jan 20, 2018
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Give her time.
by: Anonymous

We had ours from 12 weeks and he was hard work, it was the first time we had a puppy. There were many times I wondered if we had done the right thing but he did settle down and he is now almost 3 and although still naughty at times and still a bit bitey now and again I wouldn't be without him. He is our second schnauzer and although very loyal I wouldn't say they are an affectionate breed.Just remember she's only a baby and still has lots to learn, be patient I'm sure she will bring you lots of joy.

Jan 18, 2018
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thank you
by: Nina

Thank you for your reply. Funny, since writing to you, I have noticed some positive changes....she is teaching me ! Schnauzers are such a sensitive and intelligent breed...Ive had some wonderful tips re training and am finally getting somewhere with her grooming...her biting has lessened, and also I think I have accepted her more , rather than wanting her to be a particular way. Last night she came and curled up against my neck...I was so delighted !!!!! I love her, and this breed, to bits ! The nicest thing has been joining the schnauzer fb group for my state....and already am meeting three others with their puppies this weekend !! thank you for this wonderful site and for your comment...love from nina and lottie x

Jan 18, 2018
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by: Linda and Max

Most puppies are big biters. Make sure she has toys she can chew, and also play with her.
12 Weeks is still early days, she may grow to be more independent and lively by nature than your previous dogs, but Schnauzers are very people orientated.
The fact that she wags her tail is a very good sign.
Spend time playing with her, gently grooming her and talk softly to her a lot so she gets used to your voice as something positive, and take her for short walks, then longer when she is fully grown.
It may take a little longer than your previous dogs, but she will bond with you.
Be patient and Good luck.

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